Albertine Rift

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A new book that has recently been published shows that much of the biodiversity of the Albertine Rift has been conserved because protected areas were created in the region. Titled The Ecological Impacts of Long-Term Changes in Africa's Rift Valley (Nova Science Publishers:, the book was developed from a conference that was held in January 2009 organised by WCS and the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS). Eleven long term research sites in the Albertine Rift summarised the changes that have taken place since monitoring records began for climate, habitat changes, fruiting and flowering changes of trees, changes in animal populations and also changes in human demography and socio-economics. Some of these research stations are the oldest in Africa with over 50 years since they were established. The book shows that without protected areas much of the incredible biodiversity of the Albertine Rift would have been lost.

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